Rattled Capitol struggles with its security and presidential leadership

WASHINGTON (Gray DC) — Damage smears the nation’s most iconic symbol after a violent mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters besieged the Capitol on Wednesday.

But, the next president – Fmr. Vice President Joe Biden has said it is our fragile democracy that most needs cleaning up and fixing. “Yesterday, in my opinion, was one of the darkest days in our nation’s history,” Biden added Thursday.

After clearing the crowd, lawmakers formally accepted the Electoral College results early this morning. President Trump still has 13 days in office but some voices on the left, and even a few on the right, are calling for his immediate impeachment, accusing the president of stoking the insurgency.

“I think this man is dangerous and should not be our president,” said Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN).

“Everything indicates that the president has detached himself not only from his duty or even from his oath, but from reality,” Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) told his Twitter followers in a video message.

The majority of House Republicans and a handful of senators opposed the late Wednesday election count through Thursday. “It wasn’t about politics for us, it was about exercising our constitutional obligation,” Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) said.

Calls to throw out the results in six swing states have rehashed allegations of fraud and unconstitutional voting processes. All of the issues raised were dismissed by election officials, dozens of judges and members of the president’s own administration.

While Elise Stefanik of upstate New York objected to the list of voters sent in by four states, she said the country must accept the result. When asked if the election is now fully settled, Stefanik said “yes,” referring to Biden as president-elect.

Although there are still questions about how a violent mob managed to take over the Capitol, it is once again open. Now Congress will try to restore its sense of security and find a way to work together.

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Kevin E. Boling